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The Field House Chronicles: Double border battles loom

Top-ten matchups in volleyball and women’s hockey highlight this weekend in Badger sports.

David Stluka

Welcome to The Field House Chronicles, where we look at the goings on of the wide world of Badger sports. We almost called it “The Field House / Kohl / LaBahn / Goodman / Porter / McClimon / Nielson / URidge Chronicles,” but it maxes out the character limit. Take a look as we highlight the happenings of UW sports that are not football or men’s basketball.

No. 1 women’s hockey (4-0-0)

I wasn’t kidding when I said the Abby Roque — Sophie Shirley — Daryl Watts line would be successful. The line has scored 11 goals in four games, and Roque, Shirley and Watts are all in the top-four in the NCAA in points.

NCAA women’s hockey scoring leaders Oct. 10, 2019

Rank Name Games Played Goals Assists Points Points per game
Rank Name Games Played Goals Assists Points Points per game
1 Daryl Watts, Jr, F, WIS 4 5 6 11 2.75
2 Abby Roque, Sr, F, WIS 4 3 7 10 2.5
2 Taylor Heise, So, F, MIN 4 5 5 10 2.5
4 Sophie Shirley, So, F, WIS 4 3 6 9 2.25
5 Hannah Bilka, Fr, F, BC 4 5 3 8 2

Up next for the Badgers is their first key challenge of the season, a top-10 bout with No. 8 Ohio State (4-0-0). The Buckeyes are lead by three juniors: Emma Maltais, Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers. Maltais is OSU’s best player, but the Wisconsin native Skaggs has been very successful with the Buckeyes. Skaggs has averaged 20 goals per season in each of her first two seasons.

No TV for these games, but subscribers to FloHockey will be able to follow along.

No. 7 volleyball (9-4)

Wisconsin takes on No. 6 Minnesota (11-2) on Sunday afternoon, as the conference’s only two 5-0 teams square off at the Field House. If you can’t make it in person, the game will air on BTN.

Check out Matt Rock’s comprehensive coverage of the volleyball team below.

No. 12 women’s soccer (9-2-1)

The Badgers take on the Golden Gophers (2-9-3) on Friday night, and they should be able to extend their winning streak to six games.

No. 16 men’s hockey (0-0-0)

Men’s hockey takes on No. 10 Boston College on Friday and Merrimack on Saturday, and both games will be streamed for free online!

Wisconsin has a lot of firepower between Cole Caufield and Wyatt Kalynuk.

K’Andre Miller’s status is still up in the air after he was suspended for violating team rules. According to Todd Milewski of, the decision to play Miller may not be made until game day.

Men’s soccer (2-8-1)

Men’s soccer is set to take on Rutgers Friday night in Piscataway, N.J.

The stakes are huge for both teams; the loser takes over sole possession of last place in the Big Ten.

Swimming and diving, cross country and more

  • Men’s swimming and diving (1-0) and women’s swimming and diving (1-0) each defeated Green Bay last week. They won’t hit the pool until they visit Virginia Oct. 25-26.
  • No. 19 Men’s and No. 13 women’s cross country are off until the Oct. 18 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational at the Zimmer Championship Course. Alicia Monson won Big Ten Player of the Week after finishing second at the Joe Piane invitational on Oct. 4.
  • Tennis is still in individual play. For the men, Lenard Soha, Robert Krill, Chase Colton and Jared Pratt each won in the first round in the Tulsa, Okla., but they all lost in the second round in the 256-player tournament.
  • For the women, only Antonela Stoica participated in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. However, she won both rounds on Oct. 5, but she fell to Safiya Carrington of LSU in the third round on Oct. 6.